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Wines of Tenerife – protagonists in November

The wines of Tenerife are simply unique, not only because of their volcanic character, but also because of their very special history. Shakespeare loved the wine of the largest Canary Island, and historians even suspect that a Malvasia of Tenerife was offered at the Declaration of Independence of the United States.

Viñedo de Tenerife

White, rosé and red wines

Today all colour varieties and wines are produced in Tenerife, although the ones initially grown on the island were white. The vines were brought by Portuguese settlers from Extremadura to La Mancha and Andalusia. Here are the roots of our wine today.

The Malvasia was initially the main economic engine of the island. It was a highly valued wine in Europe, called “canary sack”, and was exported in large quantities to the Old Continent. Shakespeare once mentioned this wine in his historical drama “Henry IV”. It was a wine that “perfumed the blood” while drinking it.

Paisaje Vinícola Tenerife

Although it is not the only variety of wines on the island. The Listán Blanco, Listán Negro, Verdello or Albillo are highly valued by the winemakers. Currently, the wines in the category “premium” have been positioned very well. They have more structure and are more intense in flavour without losing their originality.

Denominations of Origin of Tenerife, vineyards from north to south

There are five traditional denominations of origin in Tenerife, pioneered by Tacoronte-Acentejo, founded in 1992.

Tacoronte-Acentejo

Influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and cultivated in one of Tenerife’s most beautiful landscapes, the wines of Tacoronte-Acentejo in the north of the island comprise up to 9 different municipalities, sometimes over 1,000 metres above sea level. They stand out for their aromatic and fruity character, especially red wines, which make up 80% of the production in this area.

Bodega de Tenerife

Abona

The many hours of sunshine in the south of Tenerife favour the varieties of white wine that are grown in the region of Abona, especially the exquisite Listán Blanco grape. In this area, Spain’s highest wine varieties are grown at 1,700 metres in the municipality of Vilaflor. They have a soft and fruity aroma and include nuances of almond blossom, mango and banana.

The valley of Güímar

With shades ranging from pale yellow to golden, the wines of Valle de Güímar are primarily white, with touches of fruit and fresh herbs. The rosé wines, on the other hand, have a touch of red fruit, while the reds have earthy notes.

La Orotava valley

In the La Orotava valley, the place that inspired the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, wines are cultivated with a special aroma influenced by the pleasant climate and the trade winds.

Slightly bitter and fruity aromas, especially highlight the variety of white wines in this región. The rosé wines also play an important role with their raspberry colour and an aroma reminiscent of wild fruits. The red wines of the region have a soft and varied aroma with a bitter touch on the palate.

Vinos de Tenerife

Ycoden-Daute-Isora

The wines of Ycoden-Daute-Isora look clear and pure, especially the Malvasia wine. Its colour is golden and its fruity and floral aroma gives the palate sweet and sour notes. Special mention deserves the rosé wines because their taste is very tropical thanks to their subtle pineapple and strawberry notes.

November and December, the ideal months for wines in Tenerife

Towards the end of the year is the best time to taste the wine of Tenerife, as you can already enjoy the first wines of the new harvest. At the end of November (at the same time as the San Andrés celebrations), winemakers open their bodegas (wine cellars) to meet with loyal customers and gain new customers. Just follow the smell of roasted chestnuts, the sound of celebrating people, the happiness and joy… Then you will certainly find the Tenerife wines.

Gastronomy in Tenerife, a marriage of stars

From the imposing lunar landscape on Mount Teide, the volcanic canyons to the Atlantic coast, diversity permeates the entire island. Landscapes, culture and gastronomy are determined by the unique micro climate in Tenerife.

The ingredients of the gastronomy of Tenerife have their very own personality, such as the wine grown on volcanic soil or the honey with the scent of native flowers. This personal touch is particularly evident in the dishes and the modern cuisine; gastronomic essence meets centuries of cultural encounters.

Marriage of stars, a gastronomic journey through Tenerife

If you want to discover this “gastronomic landscape“, then you have the opportunity, especially in the months of November and December. A lot of gastronomic events will take place, where you will get an insight into the culture, the historical municipalities and, of course, the beautiful landscapes in addition to the culinary delights.

Explore the island, the Canarian cuisine and at the same time you will learn about the traditions that have influenced the local gastronomy of Tenerife for generations.

The Gala of the “Guide Michelin 2018”, a meeting of the national and Portuguese “Haute Cuisine”, was the highlight. The gala took place on November 22nd at the Hotel Ritz-Carlton Abama, where three of the now six Michelin stars from Tenerife are home to: two are owned by the restaurant M.B. and one belongs to the Abama Kabuki.

Whether you are a lover of modern cuisine or you prefer the traditional flavours of Tenerife, during your holiday on the island you can enjoy everything. Let’s go on a culinary trip of the Canarian cuisine.

Food in Tenerife, a journey for the palate

A highlight in Tenerife is the wrinkled potato (Spanish papa arrugada) served with green coriander mojo or red paprika mojo. It is considered one of the seven gastronomic wonders of Spain.

Gofio, another important ingredient in the gastronomic identity of the Canary Islands, is a product inherited from the Guanches, the island’s first inhabitants. It is a roasted cereal flour characterised by its nutritional value and authentic taste. You will find Gofio in the traditional cuisine, in recipes such as the Escaldón or in the modern cuisine with more innovative versions in desserts or mousse.

The honeys of Tenerife are also one of the protagonists in the gastronomy of the island. In their sweetness they hide more than five centuries beekeeping tradition. There are several types, as well as the geographic diversity: coast, Teide National Park and mountain landscape. Particularly popular is the honey of Mount Teide, the honey of the Teide bugloss (Tajinaste) or the broom (Retama) honey from the National Park. The aromas remind you of the highest peak in Spain and they are the perfect accompaniment to desserts and sauces.

Wines and wineries from Tenerife

White, rosé, red wine, Malvasías … The history of Tenerife is closely linked to the history of its vineyards. For many years Malvasia export was the most important economic engine of the island. Wine-growing started in the fifteenth century by the first Europeans moving to Tenerife.

This quality is protected in the numerous designations of origin of the island’s wineries: Abona, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Valle de Güímar, La Orotava and Ycoden-Daute-Isora. Here you can taste the wines that once Shakespeare and Walter Scott fell in love with.

Are you ready for your gastronomic experience?

Viña Norte Maceración Carbonica best Spanish young wine

It is no surprise: one of the most representative wines of the Island has been awarded again with a new prize, this time from Asociación Española de Escritores de Vino ( Wine Writers Association). This prize sets this amazing product from the Canary Islands in the right place and adds up to a surprising list with almost forty national and international medals.

The success could be explained by the technique with which this wine is made, – the bunch of grapes is fermented in a carbonic dioxide atmosphere-

Viña norte
Viña norte

Those who have tasted this mild and subtle wine with fruity bouquet before know that it is the best election to be drank alone as an aperitif or with a traditional menu from the Canary Islands. A fine combination with conejo en salmorejo (marinated rabbit), delicious with vieja con papas arrugadas (typical fish with potatoes) and with octopus, squids and every marine food salted with mojo (Canary Island’s sauce). It is a quality drink and the price of the bottle is around 12 and 14 euros in restaurants, the half if you buy it in a supermarket. However you can’t miss the chance to taste it.

Viña Norte Maceración Carbónica belongs to the Designation of Origin Tacoronte-Acentejo and it is one of the five denomination areas in Tenerife and the kind of grape (listán negro) that gives the cherry with violet edging colors, it is grown at the North coast of this Island. In this area it is where Bodegas Insulares de Tenerife has some of its wineries  where about thirty kinds of wine, liquor and brandy are produced.

More information at http://www.bodegasinsulares.es